Five-overtime basketball victory goes to Fighting Irish (+video)
Five-overtime victory goes to Notre Dame over Louisville. The 25th ranked Irish beat the 11th ranked Cardinals in a five-overtime marathon, 104-101.
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“I talked about it being a 15-rounder and taking punches and being put on the mat,” coach Mike Brey said. “At the fourth or fifth timeout I said, `Has there ever been a 20-rounder?”
If so, it couldn't have been any more thrilling than the No. 25 Fighting Irish's five-overtime victory over the 11th-ranked Cardinals on Saturday night, a 104-101 decision in which the two teams traded great plays and missed shots.
Afterward, even Louisville coach Rick Pitino forgot how long the game was, referring to it as a four-overtime game.
The previous record for the conference in the regular season was a four-overtime game that happened 11 years ago to the day and also involved Notre Dame. The Irish beat Georgetown 116-11 in 4 OTs on Feb. 9, 2002.
Jack Cooley, who fouled out in regulation, said the Irish players scoffed at Brey when he talked about a 15-round boxing match.
“We're like, 15 round matches, that doesn't happen. And then we played five overtimes. So that's how it went,” he said.
There was no knockout punch in Saturday night's game — just some body blows.
Cameron Biedscheid scored on a layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime, and Eric Atkins and Pat Connaugton added free throws in the final 19 seconds as the Fighting Irish overcame an eight-point deficit in regulation to win.